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How I make money travel blogging (the easiest ways)

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This article is actually the third part of a series called “How to become a professional travel blogger” published in the Vietnamese version of my travel blog. However, I found it’s more interesting (and easier) to convert this little one to English than the other two.

I’ve googled this topic in English to see what people do with their websites / personal blogs so that they can make money. I mean real money, not just some extra cash to cover their website maintenance fees.

It turned out that most of them are either not suitable or too advanced to be applied to my blog. I’m just somewhere between newbies and professionals. How can I get paid to travel if I only have roughly 3.000 likes on Facebook, and I even cannot make it 600 followers on Instagram?

Anyway, after two years travel blogging, I finally manage to earn money from it.

So you have a travel blog, and think you can make money travel blogging, both full-time (like I used to be) and part-time (like I’m now)?

The bad news is that making money is never easy, in any sense. The good news is I’ve learn some easy ways to actually make money travel blogging!

How I make money travel blogging
(the easiest ways)

In this article I’ll mention 08 ways to make money travel blogging. 06 out of 08 have been applied in this blog, but one failed for an unexpected reason.

The other two are more advanced in the moment, but they’re my goals to achieve in my blogging career.

Before you start scrolling down, please keep in mind that if you have a blog ONLY to make money, then get out and find a 9-to-5 job and get paid monthly. It’s faster and more secured.

But if you’ve made it all the way to build up your blog just for the sake of blogging, I’m more than grateful to share my ways of making money travel blogging with you. Just for the sake of sharing 😉

1. Run ads with Google AdSense

Run ads with Google AdSense is the easiest, simplest, and most basic way of monetising your blog.

I started using Google AdSense since day one of this blog. By that time, there was a plug-in designed to place ads by Google AdSense in your website, which made it easy to place the ads wherever you want.

After creating an account, installing and doing other stuffs as directed, you just have to wait for people to click on the ads so that you can get money.  That’s why it’s called “passive income”.

Pro: Easy to set up. You don’t have to do anything after that.

Con: It takes a long time until you can see money running into your account. For me it was 2 years until I earned my first US$ 60!

2. Display ads with Mediavine

Mediavine is basically like Google AdSense – it helps display ads on your website, and you’ll get paid when people SEE those ads (Google AdSense requires people to click on ads so that you can get paid).

I reached their requirements (monthly page views, visitors, etc.), then I applied to be their partner. And I failed. For an unexpected reason:

Most of my readers are currently living in Vietnam, which is at the moment NOT their target market. I therefore was not qualified to join. It was a pity, of course, but the reason was really out of my control. What else can I do?

So, the conclusion is that if you reach all of their strict traffic requirements AND your readers are mainly from one of their target markets, you can nail it!

Pro: People don’t necessarily have to click on the ads so that you can get paid (actually, nobody clicks on ads nowadays, unless they are into the ads content). Mediavine pays you per views, let’s say $10 – $15 for every 1.000 page views.

Con: Unlike Google AdSense, you have to satisfy their traffic requirements in order to join Mediavine. But it does make sense, as the more page views you have (per month), the more you can earn. Win-win!

3. Affiliates

Affiliate marketing is a favourite amongst bloggers. By signing up to affiliate networks you can link to products you already use and love and make a small commission (at no added cost to your readers) when someone makes purchase or make a booking through your links.

The most popular sites I can recommend (and I actually am using) are Amazon and Ebay. Of course there are other sites that have place for bloggers to become affiliates, but I’ve only tried those 2 so far. For travel bloggers, Booking.com, Agoda.com, and so on.

I personally found this way both easy and difficult. It’s easy because the only thing you have to do is… waiting (after signing up to affiliate networks, writing posts on your site, putting links on them). But how to write a post with links that people DO click on – that’s the difficult part.

Pro: It’s easy in a way, as I’ve just written right above. After finishing all the necessary steps, you only have to wait for people to click on the links, make purchases, and see money rolling in your account. Sounds easy?

Con: It’s not as easy as it may sound. Either you have to use the products to write true reviews and influence people buy it, or you must master the art of writing reviews so that nobody can resist clicking and buying things.

4. Freelancing

I’ve been freelancing since 2012, even before I started my own travel blog. Until now it’s still the best way for me to make money travel blogging.

I must admit I have an advantage here: I used to be a travel editor for Sun Flower Media, one of the biggest women magazines publishers in Vietnam. My networks came mainly from this company. And even when somebody I know moved to a new company, they both introduced me to the new ones for that position and took their people with them, meaning I will gain both “slots”! YES!!!!

Becoming a freelancer is not difficult. There are many platforms that allow you to search for clients, or promoting yourself as a freelancer. It’s really nice having your own network, but even if you don’t have any now, you can always start building yours buy contacting people and ask. It doesn’t hurt nor cost you anything just asking!

Pro: It’s an effective source of income, especially if you freelance on a monthly basis.

Con: It takes time to build up your network, maintain it, write and deliver your works on time, etc. So it may make you feel like you’re back to a 9-to-5 job again!

5. Sponsored blog posts / PR articles

This way, if you’re lucky, can guarantee a good source of income in a month, but it always come with two sides. In this post, I can only mention how it works in Vietnamese market.

I’m often reached by two type of companies: The one that wants to have a full article promoting their products / service on my site, which is quite relevant to what I’m blogging about (visa service, tour agencies… you get the point); and the other one that only wants me to put their links on wherever in my web, and they cannot care less if their sites and contents fit mine and vice versa!

In my opinion, it can be a dead trap to your blog. Why? Because earning money is very tempting, duh! Especially for newbies, or bloggers with no secured and sustainable income source. Of course I’m not saying I’m the one with secured and sustainable ones, but the idea of making (easy) money can make some bloggers forget their niches!

I’ve seen many (Vietnamese) bloggers started their travel blog as motorbike travel, frugal travel, and ended up writing sponsored posts about luxurious yacht experience. They lost their uniqueness without even realising.

Pro: Once you’re reached out by brands, chances are that other brands will also do. It can help expand your networks, and of course your income. BTW, if you haven’t had anything to post for a while and suddenly comes a sponsored post, it can help you have something to shake your site up.

Con: Unsustainable income, yet can be very tempting! Always keep in mind why you start writing your travel blog, and what niche brought you so far!

6. Referral links

For travel bloggers, the most popular ones are the ones like get $45 off your first trip of $83 or more from Airbnb, earn 10% cash reward from Booking.com, etc.

(Those referral links DO work. Click on them, book your accommodation, claim your money back, and everybody is happy!)

This is a WIN-WIN way of making money travel blogging.

Pro: You get the money. I get the money. Everybody is happy.

Con: It can take a long time until somebody clicks on your links and makes a booking. Also some campaign limits the amount of money you can earn, let’s say the “get 15€ cash reward” from Booking.com. You can only earn up to 150€ and no more than that!

So here are 06 ways I make money travel blogging. Well, 05 minus the Mediavine one. They are ways I actually tried, tested, and now keep them for my travel blog. Maybe they are not the best fit for some bloggers, but for those who have just begun their travel blogging career and wondering how to monetise their blog in a fast yet safe way, they work!

Now I’m gonna write about the other 02 ways, which I think better fit bloggers who already are famous. They can be travel bloggers with a certain amount of followers (often 10K plus), and they themselves KOLs (Key opinion leaders).

Maybe they’re not hanging around here to read this blog post, but if you’re a travel blogger and have some concrete targets to reach, here they are:

7. Sell products / services

Not the affiliates thing! By this way you really sell YOUR stuffs.

Let’s say a beauty blogger can either have an online shop or a store selling cosmetics. With their fame gained by being a beauty blogger, it can guarantee customers to their business from day one. They can either sell products from different manufacturers (just like any drug store), or at a certain level, they can have their own products with their name on. Think Michelle Phan!

You can also think about selling a service, like coaching, trip planning, or e-books, e-courses, or whatever you are good at and can offer with a certain price.

Just make sure you sell something relevant, and your business is legit!

8. Get paid to travel

Wow, it sounds great, fancy, fabulous, cool, … [fill in the blank]!

The way people name it is straight forward: You get paid to travel. Sounds clear enough? But it’s also the hardest way to make money travel blogging, in my opinion.

Because nobody will pay you for something unless they get something else back. C’mon, it’s business. Money doesn’t grow from trees, does it?

The only way I can see to get paid to travel is that you have to be a kind of KOL that is so famous. Like worldwide famous, with hundreds of, or even millions of followers engaging to every single bit of your contents. For each Instagram picture you post, you can easily hit 1K likes within 10 minutes, for example.

And you know, there’s no shortcut to that level except for working hard, really hard, in the field you’ve chosen. For me, it’s a goal I want to reach.

Travel blogging and making money travel blogging is not and will never be an easy work. It’s a long journey of hard working, spending time and money travelling so that you can write about what you blog, writing and editing blog posts so that people can easily find them on SoMe or search engines (it’s tough!), and building your own tribe that always support your work. It’s not easy. Not at all!

The key to success? Never give up!

Even when you’re disappointed because nobody reads your posts, or you make no money after half a year setting up all your afflinks, never give up!

Because maybe, just maybe, tomorrow will be the day 🙂

P.S: All blog posts about blogging will not be featured on my home page, but instead you can find them under Blogging in my navigation menu.

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Belgium

10 best things to do in Antwerp

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DISCLAIMER: This article has been published in Travellive Magazine, issue of March 2018 as “10 best things to do in Antwerp” (translated by the Editorial Team).

Lonely Planet recently announced a list of the 10 most visit-worthy cities in 2018. Ranked sixth on the list is Antwerp (Belgium), a city among five others I had intended to explore during my seven-day trip to the Netherlands and Belgium.

Prior to arriving in Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch, Anvers in French), I had learned that the city got its unique name from a legend about a giant called Druon Antigoon.

The giant exacted a toll from passing boatmen on the Scheldt River. Those who refused to pay had their hand cut off and thrown into the river by Druon Antigoon.

The story of Druon Antigoon’s monstrous deeds reached Silvius Brabo, a young Roman soldier. Silvius went on to defeat Antigoon, chop off the giant’s own hand and toss it into the river to avenge his victims. Hence the name Antwerp, which means “throw the hand” in Dutch and Old English.

At the city’s Grote Market, you will find a statue of a young Silvius Brabo mid-throw, disposing of the hand of the evil Druon Antigoon.

Some might think I spent rather “too much time” in such a little known city of Belgium instead of visiting the popular Bruges, referred to as “Venice of the North”. My two-day stay in Antwerp did not do it justice, and I regretted not staying longer.

If you are planning to explore the second largest city in Belgium in 2018, do not miss these 10 best things to do in Antwerp, especially for first-timers!

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10 best things to do in Antwerp

1. Admire the architecture of Antwerp Central Station (Antwerpen Centraal Station)

Antwerp Central Station is an architectural blend of various artistic styles ranging from Belle Époque, Neo-Renaissance to Art Nouveau style of the late 1800s. The station was voted as the world’s most beautiful train station by Mashable Magazine in 2014.

From Antwerp Central Station, you can take the metro to Meir Station to visit Rubensshuis, then walk to other attraction spots in the city.

2. Take a stroll around Grote Markt

“Grote Markt” is a common name for big town squares in the cities of Belgium including Antwerp. And at the centre of this one stands the statue of Silvius disposing the hand of the giant Antigoon.

Behind the statue is the Antwerp City Hall built in the 16th century, and to the side of the hall are the typical gildenhuis townhouses of the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Gildenhuis are buildings overlooking the Grote Markt which were once used as headquarters and meeting places for the old trade guilds. Today however, they are used as the city’s tourism offices and as small museums.

3. Enjoy Antwerp with a view

From Grote Markt, a few steps away is the Cathedral of Our Lady. The cathedral was built in the 16th century with a 123m tall bell tower which is considered the tallest church bell tower in the Low Countries (including the Netherlands and Belgium).

With such an impressise height, the bell tower took 169 years to complete. Looking out upon the city from the top of the tower, Antwerp and its orange roofs look like miniature toy models.

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Address: Handschoenmarkt 13

4. Wander in the secret alley of Vlaeykensgang

The Vlaeykensgang alley dates back to the late 16th century, and connects Hoogstraat, and Oude Koornmarkt with one another. I decided to get there early in the morning when the city was still asleep. It took me a while to find this picturesque passage, but it was worth it.

I was taken with joy and surprise the moment I stepped inside the alley. Vlaeykensgang looked like a beautiful old postcard that someone suddenly discovered in an old jewellery box hidden up in an attic.

In the morning, when the it was still cold, you could easily smell the fragrance of laundry detergent and the aromatic smell of freshly brewed coffee in the air. So relaxed!

Address: Oude Koornmarkt 16

5. Discover the history of the Plantin-Moretus Museum

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is located in the former residence and printing establishment of the 16th century French printer Christophe Plantin. He arrived in Antwerp in 1550, and in 1555, established the Officina Plantiniana printing house, the first book-printing and publishing house in the world.

In 1876, Erward Moretus, a descendant of the Moretus, sold the entire house and printing company to the city of Antwerp, provided that it was turned into a museum to preserve his family’s legacy.

Since 2005, and to this day, the Plantin-Moretus Museum is the first museum in the world to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Admission fee: 8€
Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22

6. Visit the Rubens House (Rubenhuis)

Peter Paul Rubens was a famous 16th and 17th century Baroque painter from the Netherlands, and was a fan of Rafael’s, the Italian painter.

In his day, this was the house where Rubens created his masterpieces, watched his children playing in the garden, and received his high, noble, and even royal guests.

His home, now the Ruibenshuis Museum, accurately reflects Rubens’ quirky personality: a talkative, social, and multilingual speaker, but at the same time a simple middle-aged man who seeked nothing more than the peace of his own home.

Admission fee: 8€. Show your train ticket to Antwerp within the day to get a discount to only 6€.
Address: Wapper 9-11

7. Spend 30 minutes at the Steen Castle

On the Scheldt riverbank is the Steen Castle (Het Steen in Dutch). This is the oldest building in Antwerp, built back in the 11th century. Perhaps you are wondering why I spent only 30 minutes at Het Steen. Here stands the oldest sand clock in the world with the sand flowing for exactly 30 minutes each turn!

At the entrance to Het Steen is a bas-relief of Semini, the Scandinavian God of youth and fertility. It is said that the women of the town all appealed to Semini when they desired children, thus inhabitants of Antwerp previously referred to themselves as “children of Semini”.

Address: Steenplein 1

8. Try Antwerp style waffles AND appelbeignets

Belgium is famous for its waffle cakes, whipped cream cakes, and fruit with chocolate sauce. However, different regions of Belgium have their own unique version of waffles. My personal favourite was the Antwerp style waffles, which I ate at a specialty shop I was referred to by a hotel staff member.

Désiré de Lille is a small café and cake shop in Antwerp dating to 1903. The shop specializes in Belgian and Dutch pastries, tea, coffee, and snacks which are served throughout the day. I went to the shop twice in the afternoon, and it was crowded every time I went.

When you are in a strange city, and you visit a shop where you find yourself the only foreigner, you know you gotta come back a few more times!

Antwerp style waffles are light and soft, and not as doughy and “heavy” as the Brussels style waffles. The waffle that I had was served with whipped cream, a vanilla ice cream scoop and drizzles of chocolate on top. The taste was exquisitely sweet and tantalising.

Address: Schrijnwerkersstraat 16

9. Enjoy Michelin-starred french fries

Although named “french fries” in American English, Belgium is actually the home of the fried-potato dish that has become popular all over the world. French fries in Belgium are a cheap and popular street snacks.

At 6€, you can enjoy a huge portion of french fries with all kinds of self-served delicious sauces. What should be the reason to spend nearly 13€ for a serving of the french fries at the Frites Atelier Amsterdam, you might ask?

Let me reveal to you that the owner of this french fries restaurant is Sergio Herman, a three Michelin-starred chef who had worked for over 20 years at a high-end restaurant in Zeeland, Netherlands.

After years of cooking, Sergio decided to leave his kitchen to sell french fries. So, here I was in Antwerp having the opportunity to enjoy the most delicious fried potato in the world: French fries served with Flanders-style beef and mayonnaise.

Address: Korte Gasthuisstraat 32

10. Shop Belgian chocolate cake and the hands cake

It is impossible not to mention chocolate in Belgium, and Antwerp is no exception.

In contrast to the large number of chocolate shops in Brussels or Bruges, each chocolate shop in Antwerp is like an enchanting mini gallery where the glass shelves are decorated in golden strings of light with each chocolate piece looking sleek and shiny like an expensive piece of jewellery.

If you are looking for a true Belgian chocolate box with perfectly made chocolate pieces in it, look no further than the Günther Watté.

Besides chocolate, Belgian biscuits are also beyond delicious. Biscuits here are usually shaped like a hand (handje) with a layer of thinly grated almonds on top. Some adorn a fake diamond ring on the hand to tell the story of the giant Druon Antigoon and the city’s history in diamond making.

Günther Watté: Steenhowversvest 30
Philip’s Biscuit: Korte Gasthuisstraat 39

How to get there & where to stay

From Brussels, you can take the train to Antwerp (around 45 minutes). It’s the most convenient way to travel there.

Train ticket can be bought at the Gare du Midi (Gare Zuid) Station in Brussels.

I stayed at Hotel Scheldezicht next to harbour with the price of 52€/night/pax + 5€ for breakfast. It’s also located in the very city centre. You can basically walk to all of the attractions mentioned above, except for Antwerp Centraal Station.

I personally like the atmosphere of the room, just like a guest room in some palace. The only minus is that you have to get out to use WC (placed outside all rooms).

If you prefer a budget stay, use this link when book at booking.com to get 15€ refund after your stay (and I’ll also get 15€ for referring, too. Yay!)

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The Netherlands

How to spend (more than) 2 days in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is both the first and final destination of my seven-day trip to BeNeLux last November. It was also the first and the last time I ever travelled with a new friend from the internet.

I took a flight from Oslo in the morning and had thus half day to discover Amsterdam all by myself. My travel mate and her buddies will reach the city later after their day trip to Zaanse Schans.

On the 2nd day, we (me and my travel mate) spent the whole morning to stop by all the city’s landmarks and… took photos. Just that. In the afternoon, it was time for a free walking tour (of course). And that was also the last walking tour ever that I took in my entire life!

We travelled to Belgium after that and didn’t return until the 6th day of my journey. The 7th day, my last day in Amsterdam, turned out to be the most perfect day as I was totally alone (with my two cameras). That was the day I could enjoy the most of the “sin city of Europe”!

So, basically I spent three days in the city. But after removing all the useless and clueless days, the perfect number should be two days in Amsterdam. And if it just happens that you have more than two days there, add some day-trips and you’ll have your vacation in the Netherlands perfect!

Photo by Robin Benzrihem on Unsplash

How to spend (more than)
two days in Amsterdam

Day one:

1. Anne Frank House / Anne Frank Huis

If you have heard about/read the book “Anne Frank’s diary”, you should probably visit this site when in Amsterdam. If you haven’t, it’s a diary of Anne – a Jewish girl from Germany – who was in hiding for two years (1942–1944) with her parents and sister during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

The house and its secret annex where the Franks and other Jewish families was in the hiding, is nowadays one of the three most popular museums in Amsterdam.

Trust me: Even if you have no idea about nor interest in history, Second World War or museum, Anne Frank House is still worth a visit. You’ll spend approx. 3–4 hours living back the darkest time of contemporary history, being at the very place where Anne Frank and the others were living under the occupation, frustrated, scared, worried, but still full of hopes and dreams of the young Anne.

The fastest and easiest way to get a ticket is to buy it online with daily quota. There’s always a longggggg queue outside the building, so, be prepared!

Leave your big luggages/suitcases at the station, eat light and, if possible, find your way to a WC before entering the building!

My advice: You should pay it a visit right after arriving in Amsterdam. You may feel sorrowful during the visit, but once you get out of the building, you may thank life for everything you are having now.

As you cannot take picture inside, buying a postcard with the house illustration is a nice idea. And if you haven’t read the book before, buy one here (available in different languages).

Address: Prinsengracht 263-267

2. Bloemenmarkt – World’s only floating flower market

If you, all by chance, have ever visited the Vietnamese Mekong Delta and its stunning floating market, you may feel my disappointment when visiting Bloemenmarkt!

They actually should say it “party floating flower market”. Seriously!

During my visit (early November 2017), as it was not the right blooming time like in spring or summer, I found it quite boring there. Of course there were tulips and other flowers, but not in the fullest sense of, you know, a “flower market”.

Anyway you can find all kinds of bulbs and flower seeds as well as other flower-and-gardening-related stuffs there. Also this:

My advice: Maybe you (I mean I) should give it another try in spring / summer?!

There’s also a place where you can find delicious stroopwafel on the “street side” of the market.

READ MORE: What to eat in Amsterdam and where to find ’em

Address: Across Singel

3. De 9 Straatjes

De 9 straatjes are picturesque shopping alleyways in the Amsterdam canal belt. In the hart of Unesco’s World Heritage, just behind Dam Square and on the way from Anne Frank to Rijksmuseum. De 9 Straatjes is the ideal neighbourhood to get to know Amsterdam in all its variety and richness.

The area offers a great overview of the architectural style of Amsterdam heritage. After 400 years it is still very lively with artisanal businesses, hidden cafes, hotspot restaurants and galleries, and a unique offer of specialized and authentic shops dealing in fashion, shoes & bags, vintage, antiques, housewares and one-offs. [Source]

Sound good?

De 9 Straatjes. [Source]

Address: Starting at Wolvenstraat 9


Day two:

This was my bad day my worst day in Amsterdam. We spent the whole morning just to take pictures/selfies of/with the city’s most popular destinations without even entering them or at least learning what they were.

It took us even half an hour to try to take a picture in front of the famous iAmsterdam without the crazy crowd climbing on it. Of course it was mission impossible!

It just got even worse in the afternoon when we took part in a free walking tour (yes, when in Europe, take a free walking tour, dude!) It was a huge group with about 30 people, and we just walked so fast (but not furious) through the city that now I actually cannot remember where we were to.

I didn’t enjoy it. Not at all!

So what I would have done instead?

1. Rijksmuseum

Needless to say, this is the most popular museum in the Netherlands, although entrance ticket is not cheap at all (17,50 Euro, no discount for student). To be honest, you should consider before buying ticket.

Unlike Le Louvre in France with both in- and outdoor areas, Rijksmuseum is quite “packed” with large collections of paintings, sculptures and other masterpieces… spreading though centuries with different styles. If you are not prepared, or not that into art, it can be *too much* to visit Rijkmuseum in such a short time.

Outside the museum there’s a group of street musicians playing classical music. At first I thought it was the loudspeakers system of the museum as it was so good to be true!

Inside Rijksmuseum you’ll find this library, which is still in use. You lucky Amsterdam-ers!

You can easily spot Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the concert hall Concertgebouw located at the Museumplein. I personally enjoy Vermeer’s paintings, but didn’t have time to make my way to Delft that time. So I simply skipped Van Gogh Museum.

This museum is considered to be the only on e in the world that has a bicycle underpass/bike tunnel for people!

You are welcome, bikers!

My advice: For a better experience, you should rent an audio guide set (5 Euro). You can choose among the themes, or discover the museum by yourself and learn by entering the numbers of artworks you’d like to know more about.

Address: Museumstraat 1

2. Albert Cuyp market

From Rijksmuseum to Albert Cuyp you’ll find two interesting stops: De Caroussel where you can find the best poffertjes in town and Heineken Museum.

I chose the first one. Then head to Albert Cuyp.

You can basically find almost everything in this market. From fresh seafood and herring (herring, herring everywhere), to clothes and ceramics. There’s also a Vietnamese food truck selling spring rolls (egg rolls). Strolling through Albert Cuyp market, I bet you’ll at least eat something or buy something!

Address: Albert Cuypstraat, right behind Heineken Museum.

3. Begjinhof

When taking part in the free walking tour, you’ll be guided to (and through) Begijnhof.

It’s an enclosed courtyard dating from the early 14th century. The Begijnhof was originally built as a sactuary for the Begijntjes, a Catholic sisterhood who lived like nuns, although they took no monastic vows.

Houses in Begijnhof are still occupied by single women, so please respect their privacy and be quiet. [Source]

After a long day being amazed by Amsterdam’s masterpieces, beer, and food, Begijnhof is the place to recover and find your inner peace. This small court is simply cut off from the sin of this city.

I went there on a cloudy afternoon, and later on, it rained unexpectedly. Suddenly all the tourists vanished, leaving me with the rain drops falling tenderly on the roofs of those old houses.

Address: Begijnhof 30


Day three, four, or five

After two days, you’ve seen more or less the most of Amsterdam.

If you plan to they there fro more than that, there are a lot more for you in Amsterdam: visit other museums, picknick in Voldenpark, rent a bike and rock it like the locals, and so on.

Are you totally clueless, visit iamsterdam.com for more interesting information.

And because this blog is about how to spend MORE THAN two days in Amsterdam, here are some day-trips options. You can take one a day, or try to squeeze two in one day. It’s absolutely up to you.

  • Zaanse Schans, where you will be brought back to the Netherlands in the 18th and 19th century. You can buy ticket on the day of travelling from Amsterdam Central Station. Click HERE for more information.
  • Giethoorn, so called “Venice of the Netherlands”, which is almost car-free, well known for its waterways, footpaths, bicycle trails, and centuries-old thatched-roof houses. Read more about this village HERE.
  • Keukenhof, situated in Lisse, one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Within 8 weeks (March to May), it’s opened for tourists to visit seas of tulips and other spring flowers. For its official website, click HERE. If you want something more funny, read THIS BLOG in stead 😉

Photo by Mario Gogh on Unsplash

I hope you find this blog useful for you planning the next trip to les Pays-Bas!
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Norway

Free thing to do in Norway during winter: Have a walk!

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“Allemannsretten” is the Norwegian word for the freedom to roam, or “everyman’s right” aka the general public’s right to access certain public or privately owned land for recreation and exercise. The right is sometimes called the right of public access to the wilderness or the “right to roam”. [Source]

Not only that, you can actually harvest and bring home berries and mushrooms you can find while wandering around!

Bearing this in my, you can now think differently about travelling to Norway in the cold, dark and boring January:

Have a walk in the (FREE) beautiful Norwegian nature during winter!

Taking a walk in the nature doesn’t have to be tough as it may sound. Of course, you can get that kind of toughness up north, with extreme weather and so on.

But here in the South and South-East (Østlandet), it’s basically a walk around the neighbourhood of your accommodation! The minus? Well, there’s no surprise Northern light to wait for while being out in nature here! Or at least where we live.

However, we have the beautiful nature next door that we can easily access by less then 10 minutes walking!

Last week, we three had a morning walk around the neighbourhood. It was a typical cold winter day, yet the weather was so perfect for a family walk in the nature.

And you know, if you just happen to travel on a budget, THIS is the one free thing to do in Norway during winter.

Winter sun can be that high.

It’s not a ‘hytte’, just a shed.

Look at that clear blue sky!

So, I hope these photos can somehow encourage you to re-consider about travelling to Norway in January! Don’t forget to have you camera with you also!

If you have been to Norway during winter before
and had more ideas about free thing(s) to do here during this time of the year,
please leave a comment below.
I’d also love to try it out 😉
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